Commissioned by Ginkgo Projects and Keepmoat Homes
The Butterfly Effect explored what Hartcliffe residents enjoyed about being in natural spaces. Residents talked to us and decorated willow butterflies to express their relationship with the natural world. This expression will inform the development of a new natural space to be created within some new housing on a Hartcliffe site. These butterflies were shared and celebrated at a community event in February 2020. Currently resident on the site in is a rare blue butterfly called 'cupido minimus', which is where the project took its initial inspiration.
We worked with Hartcliffe Children's Centre, Bridge Learning Campus, students with learning disabilities from City of Bristol College, a football team of Hartcliffe teenagers, Dundry Older People's Forum and adult wellbeing groups led by Avon Wildlife Trust.
In February 2020, participants created a procession of illuminated willow butterflies on the site where the new natural space will be.
The butterflies were created by Bristol sculptor Sophie Howard, who also took photographs of the procession.
The project was filmed by Anna Haydock Wilson of Little Fish Films. The lyrics of the song "Green Open Space" that accompanies the film are also inspired by the words of Hartcliffe people.
Cracking the Egg Conundrum, 2019
Creative Writing Project commissioned by Parson Street Primary School
Parson Street Primary school suspended their entire timetable for a week in January 2019 in order to focus entirely on creative writing skills.
We were commissioned to create a series of walkabout characters that would inspire different styles of creative writing. In secret, we hid a series of mysterious glowing eggs in the school playground. Throughout the week different characters would appear in the school, all attempting to work out who or what had laid the eggs, including scientists, poets and farmers. Even more excitingly, they appeared to have hatched halfway through the week, but who or what emerged from the eggs remains unsubstantiated.
"I cannot recommend Brave Bold Drama highly enough following their work developing and delivering an inspirational and exciting Creative Writing week for our children at Parson Street School.
Their thoughtful and considered design of the week, linked carefully to our curriculum intentions, meant that we have seen the emergence of some inspirational writing.
There has been a real buzz around the school. The way the actors merged seamlessly between characters has been incredible - such amazing talent for our children to witness."
Jamie Barry, Head
A Song for Knowle West, 2018
Commissioned by Knowle West Media Centre
We were artists in residence from May - November 2018 at Knowle West Media Centre as part of their Living Working Making Together project.
During our residency we visited many community groups of all ages in Knowle West to gather lyrics, riffs and rhythms inspired by the community members we worked with. This became a new three-part song which we recorded at Knowle West Media Centre in October 2018. The recording was transferred onto an interative 'Song Station' which enables people to not only listen to the song, but also remix and upload their own versions to SoundCloud.
The Song Station was exhibited at Knowle West Media Centre from November 2018 to April 2019, before going on a tour of other community venues including Filwood Community Centre and Filwood Library.
The Avona Project
Festival of Nature 2016
Commissioned by Bristol Natural History Consortium
Our largest community festival commission to date, we worked with over 200 local people aged 3 to over 80 alongside five community choirs, sculptor Sophie Howard and St Peter's Primary in Bishopsworth to create 'Avona' a processional wicker-sculpture representing the Goddess of the Avon River and her song, The Avona Shanty.
'The Avona Shanty was created from people's personal connections to the Avon River. Over fifty individual river stories were gathered as part of our Avona Project for the Festival of Nature in 2016.
These stories were turned into a song performed by a massed community choir of over 70 voices at the Bristol Harbourside, by local Bristol band Red Ray & the Reprobates in Keynsham, and by community choirs in Bath.
Hear a rehearsal of The Avona Shanty recorded in 2016 by members of Big Friendly Choir, Riff Raff Choir and Bring Your Own Baby Choir.
Bristol Bright Night, 2015
Commissioned by Bristol University Department for Public Engagement
Bristol Bright Night was part of a huge international European Researchers Night in September 2015. We were commissioned to direct four short pieces of street theatre that illustrated current scientific research happening in Bristol, and to write and direct a fifth new piece, called "Do Not Disturb."
"Do Not Disturb" illustrated a research project which was happening in Bristol in 2015 about how sunflowers sychronise their internal biorhythms. We took the key elements of this research project and presented it through metaphor as a yoga class for sunflowers.
Theatre students from Bristol University performed all the street theatre pieces in strategic places around the city, beginning outside the Victoria Rooms, proceeded to the harbourside, Queens' Square and culminated in performances at We The Curious.